Less convincing than the 2015. Earthy raspberry/cherry nose. Light in color elegant. Linear right now. Give it some air ca. 30 min. Tea notes, raspberry, hint of cherry 🍒 and licorice. Might be closed right now. So I did needle this wine with a Coravin then a week later it did shine! It gained weight and elegance. — 9 days ago
Ancient Peaks - Oyster Ridge - Paso Robles. 2014 blend 51% cab, 36% merlot, 5% syrah, 5% petite sirah, 3% malbec. Santa Margarita Ranch is known for the oyster shells in the soil. Anyway, on to the review. This blend is amazing. My first impression is OMG! Blackberry and dark currants with a vanilla and spice explosion. The mid palate is leather and mineral soil. This could be the oyster soil impact. The finish is dry and long. This is the longest finish on a wine ... wow! However, day two... SOUR. I did use my Coravin so maybe the Argon affected the wine. Im still out on the Coravin. Just not sure. I do know if you pull it out of the bottle after use the cork does leak - synthetic and natural both. — a month ago
Had w Lamb. With Coravin. Needed an 30-60 minutes to breathe. Then quite nice. — a month ago
This wine has a lot to offer at its price point. Enjoyed with family following dinner out. We were unable to finish and remaining wine was stored refrigerated for 2 nights. This wine was as good if not better the 3rd night. Many wines seem to fall apart within 24 hours. Recommend decanting and aeration night one.
Well worth the $20 per bottle. No regret if you don’t break out the Coravin as it will hold up nicely a couple of days. Solid structure and balance. Drinks like a Cali Cab❤️ — 2 months ago
Extremely nice of our host Heidi to Coravin some of their flagship wine, Kanonkop Black Label. This was my first time having their Black Label and it didn’t disappoint. It is only one of two bottles I brought back. I couldn’t pass on the trade price Heidi was nice enough to extend to us.
The nose shows very dark currants and dark expresso roast. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries, cocoa powder, saline, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, Black licorice, dry top soil, underbrush, dark, rich soils, touch of mint, sweet tarry notes with dark, blue and red amazingly fragrant florals.
The body is full and thick. Dark, meaty, powdery, sticky tannins. Used expresso roast grounds, steeped black tea, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, dark cherries, cocoa powder, saline, dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, cinnamon, black licorice, iodine notes, dry top soil, underbrush, crushed granite powder, dark, rich soils, touch of mint, sweet tarry notes with dark, blue and red amazingly fragrant florals. The acidity is near perfect. The finish is juicy fruit driven, elegant, well balanced and delicious. It is impressive and can’t wait to try it again in 10 plus years.
Photos of; the mountains around their property where they took their name. The small left plateau is referred to a Kanonkop, Heidi Kritzinger-their
Customer Relations Manager (sweetheart) with Sofia and I, tasting room lounge area and the Kanonkop entrance. — 8 days ago
Anna enjoyed, coravin — 2 months ago
From Raj Parr’s wine club. A youthful 2015, but knowing Raj has an affinity to young Syrah, knowing it’s unsulfured, and after a taste via Coravin, I had the confidence to pop. This has N Rhône funk right away. Maybe a charming touch of Brett. Big nose of blood and purple fruit infused earth, herbs, and menthol. You want to sniff this forever. Strong on the front and side palette with juicy acid and chunky tannins. This is really enjoyable right now, and I’d bet it will continue being great for a long time to come. — 19 days ago
Thursday - back to wine drinking! Take that work week. With a spritz if the Coravin, half a decanted bottle, here I come.
Smells of stress from a week of clients with their networks, and crushed dried berry blend baking between some river stone.
The initial wave of relief that flows over me, is relaxing and introspective. It also tastes like unripened fruit, rock struggled vine, persimmon and black cherry.
Like the emotions I have collected, the bitter tannins have tannins of their own. Good thing I like tannins, both in wines and in clients.
Thursday nights Nebbiolo
— a month ago
Had a glass using Coravin with steak. Very pleasing! in honor of Berm — RIP. Drank a large glass each of three nights. The last was the best even though it was only accompanied by cheese and crackers. — 2 months ago